Weather experts say frequent storms across the Northeast may lead to an above-normal snowfall for the season and extend winter into midspring. Just what you wanted to hear, right? This might be the perfect year to head to South Florida for the boat shows. The Miami International Boat Show and Yachts Miami Beach are scheduled to run Feb. 16-20. Book that flight!
In 1874, a 13-year-old Michigan boy built himself a skiff. The folks in Algonac liked it and asked the enterprising youngster to build more. And he did. Chris Smith went on to become one of the premier boatbuilders in America. His company, Chris-Craft, became synonymous with pleasure boating.
If you visit Maine by boat, you’re apt to tie up somewhere and try a lobster roll. Philadelphia is the place to grab a slip and then a cheesesteak at Pat’s or Geno’s. On Chesapeake Bay, the Maryland-style crab cake provides plenty of reason for a day trip. Yes, wise men have always known that the search for great food and boating go hand in hand.
In 1986, the organizers of the New York National Boat Show invited a group of seafaring adventurers to talk to the public about their record-setting exploits. Among those in the group was a 58-year-old marina owner from Freeport, New York, a coastal town at the western end of Long Island. And did he have a tale to tell: He’d driven a 26-foot boat across the Atlantic — the first person to cross unassisted in an outboard powerboat.
About 12 years ago, a friend and I drove a 16-foot Zodiac Medline RIB roughly 60 miles from Essex to Norwalk, Connecticut. My experience with inflatables had been limited to small, soft-bottom tenders, slowly putting through mooring fields or going ashore for lunch, so the comfort and performance of our RIB opened a whole new world to me. A RIB could be my only boat.
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